Strong Turnout At “Stop the Power Plant” Community Meeting

Anaheim resident Steve Faessel addressed the community meeting.

Anaheim resident Steve Faessel addressed the community meeting.

Approximately 200 people turned out to a community meeting at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, organized by the nascent “Stop the Power Plant” campaign. The Phoenix Club is one of the Anaheim businesses that will be directly impacted by Competitive Power Ventures proposal to build a 400-600MW power plant on the Ball Road Basin site, which CPV would lease from the Orange County Water District.

Residents heard from former Anaheim Planning Commissioner Steve Faessel, who lives near the proposed plant and is leading a residents component of the “Stop the Power Plant” coalition. Faessel led them through a discussion of the particulars of the proposed plant, and was followed by Anaheim Chamber of Commerce CEO Todd Ament the Chamber is leading the business-side of the coalition). Jared Hardin of Hardin Honda (which is right next to the proposed plant) and Deputy City Manager Greg Garcia also spoke and answered questions.

Anaheim Councilman Jordan Brandman was there to show his support for the effort to stop the power plant proposal. The City of Anaheim proposes purchasing the site from the OCWD in order to build a public sports park complex for the benefit and enjoyment of residents of Anaheim and neighboring communities. OCWD Director (and Orange Councilman) Denis Bilodeau was among those in attendance.

The Orange County Water District Board of Directors meets tomorrow evening at 5:30 p.m., and Stop the Power Plant is arranging for a bus to transport members of this effort to the OCWD meeting to speak against the power plant proposal. The bus will leave from The Phoenix Club (1340 S Sanderson Ave. in Anaheim) at 4:00 p.m., and return to The Phoenix Club later that evening.

Those who cannot attend tomorrow’s meeting but wish to communicate their opposition to the OCWD Board of Directors can visit the Stop the Power Plant website and use this functionality to quickly and easily fire off a letter of opposition. Click here to visit and “like’ the Stop the Power Plant Facebook page.

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  1. Wow quite the “fight the power” activist. Pun intended.

  2. Upset I couldn’t make it over there last night but happy to see a crowd with common sense. Thought that was starting to be a rarity at big public meetings around here.

  3. Business and their customers along Ball Road near the 57 Frwy are signing petition to stop the power plant. Opposition is building momentum.

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